The union representing 12,000 full- and part-time staff at 24 colleges across Ontario has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday, smack dab in the middle of the fall semester. According to CBC news, Students at colleges across Ontario are anxiously waiting to find out whether their academic year is about to be interrupted by the province-wide faculty strike and with the strike deadline looming, JP Hornick, chair of the union’s bargaining team, expressed surprise that negotiators for the college walked away from the table Tuesday night. Students at colleges across Ontario are voicing their opinions on the strike saying that they hope for the best and that the issues can be resolved quickly. OPSEU, which represents more than 12,000 employees in the college system, has said the key issues include giving faculty and students more of a voice in academic decisions and what it calls the “ongoing exploitation of contract faculty.”Meanwhile, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union announced Oct. 15 is the first day a legal strike, or lockout, could begin, though any such job action requires the union to provide five days’ advance notice.
The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding motorists and passengers to Lock it OR Lose it when it comes to their vehicles and valuables as part of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) Lock It OR Lose It campaign. On Friday October 6th, auxiliary OPP officers conducted a check of vehicles parked at the Pembroke Mall and out of the 156 vehicles checked, 11 vehicles were found to be insecure including 8 unlocked vehicles and 3 vehicles with their windows down. In one case officers observed a purse to be in plain view inside a vehicle. Motorists and passengers are also urged not to keep personal documents such as vehicle ownership, liability pink slips, credit card invoices, or other documents containing personal information in their vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export, and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge. For more information you can visit www.opp.ca
The Emerald Ash Borer continue to be a threat in Renfrew county was first found in (Arnprior) in the back in the spring of 2013, and in the Renfrew/Horton area in 2015. This year, the presence of the insect was confirmed in Cobden. The whole of Renfrew County is already in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) regulated area for Emerald Ash Borer, which means that movement of firewood or other contaminated materials is not prohibited, as long as it stays within the regulated area. However, to slow the spread of this, it is recommended to not move firewood and dispose of infested ash in a manner that prohibits further development and spread of larvae that might still be inside. The greatest issues facing Renfrew County as a result of EAB are the loss of ash street trees, and the potential impact to unique ash forest stands Many more signs and symptoms may present themselves and you can learn more about identifying them online at Canadian Forest Service at cfs.nrcan.gc.ca
And Significant upgrades have begun across the county along the Algonquin Trail, known locally as the former CP Rail corridor. In Arnprior, Cavanagh Construction is resurfacing the trail and in Pembroke portions of the Trail are now in preparation for Zombie Thrill Run being held on October 28th . The Renfrew County ATV Club has been brushing and grading the Cobden portion, while the Township of Admaston-Bromley will be performing upgrades to the Town of Renfrew section. Other sections of the trail may see localized improvements as the winter snowmobiling season kicks into gear later this year.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL this weekend the Pembroke Lumber Kings are on the road tonight in Hawkesbury and are home on Sunday night when Smiths Falls comes to town. Game time Sunday at the PMC is 7 o’clock. And the first-place Carleton Place Canadians are home tonight as they host Kanata at 7:45, and are in Navan on Sunday afternoon.
The Pembroke Legion will be hosting a blast from the past with a meet and greet scheduled with the Pembroke Lumber Kings Alumni from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and right up to present on Saturday October 14th from 12 – 5, there will be a memorabilia display, Autographs and photographs along with refreshments everyone is welcome.
The Renfrew Timberwolves are at home tonight to kick-start the CCHL-2 schedule. The Ottawa Canadians are at Mat-te-Way for an 8 o’clock puck drop. And the Arnprior Packers are on the road in Westport. On Saturday, the Whitewater Kings are home as they host the Perth Blue Wings. Game time at the Astrolabe Arena in Cobden is 8 o’clock. Renfrew is also in action Saturday on the road in Char-Lan. And on Sunday, the Packers are at home as they host Ottawa at the Nick Smith Centre. Game time Sunday is 8 o’clock. The Whitewater Kings are in Winchester to tangle with the Hawks.